Gender Differences in Coyote Movement and Resource Use in a Mid-sized City

Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

Tom Stromme/Bismarck Tribune

Shannon Dunham, J.P. Holmes, and Jeremy E. Guinn
Environmental Science Department, United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND 58504


In fall 2012, students and faculty at United Tribes Technical College began to observe increasing signs of coyotes (Canis latrans) on campus. These observations included hearing howls and yips while shooting hoops on the basketball court in the evening, seeing tracks in the mud next to the door of classroom buildings, and watching a coyote hunt in the field outside through the ecology classroom window while class was in session. This spurred one student, Andrew Montriel (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), into action. For his semester research project, he conducted a preliminary track study of coyote presence in public use areas around Bismarck and Mandan, North Dakota during spring 2013 and pushed for further study of urban coyotes in the area. His recommendations coincided with increasing coyote populations in state wildlife surveys (Tucker 2012) and led to the funding of a larger investigation that has become known as the UTTC Urban Coyote Study. Since then, more than 100 students have been involved in some aspect of the study and data has been incorporated into Problem-based Learning modules (AIHEC WIDER grant) at the college (NIH INBRE NARCH and NSF TCUP grant) and K-12 level (NSF RET grant), integrating research into the curriculum of several degree programs.